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Melancholia (2011)

R | | Drama | 26 May 2011 (Denmark)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

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James Cagnard ...
Michael's Father
Deborah Fronko ...
Michael's Mother
Charlotta Miller ...
Betty 1
Claire Miller ...
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Storyline

On the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire, Justine's sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster. Written by napierslogs

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Rated R for some graphic nudity,sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DKK 958,848 (Denmark), 29 May 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$257,174, 13 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,029,870, 26 February 2012
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Trivia

Justine's text about the loneliness and evilness of the Earth, about to be destroyed, refers to Genesis 6:13. If Justine is right, this may explain the scientific implausibilities of Melancholia's movement towards Earth. See more »

Goofs

When Claire is putting Justine in the bed, Justine is placed in the bed asleep facing away from the door. In the next shot she is facing the door. Then away from the door, and again back to the door. She is asleep the entire time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Michael: Sir. Eh...
[looking backward]
Michael: Yeah, you're good. You can back up a little more, if you want. I think you need the... I think you need that extra...
Justine: [laughing] I don't think he can hear you.
Michael: Sir. Sir, can you hear me up there?
[fiddling with controls]
Michael: Do you copy, sailor? He's in a different county, I think that's...
Justine: [laughing]
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Excerpts from Tristan und Isolde
Music: Richard Wagner
Orchestra: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (as The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conductor: Richard Hein
Recorder: Jan Holzner
Solo cello: Henrik Dam Thomsen
Arrangements by Kristian Eidnes Andersen
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Welcome to his world.

Lars Von Trier's latest film MELANCHOLIA got the media attention it needed when Von Trier, in Cannes doing a press conference, stated that he sympathized with Hitler. Now sure, one can look at this as a smart way of marketing one's own film, or one can start wondering what kind of guy Von Trier has become. As a filmmaker he's certainly interesting, and certainly self-indulging, and as a child of the late Bergman, he loves dwelling upon women in a somewhat sad state of mind. MELANCHOLIA is a dark film that doesn't have the explicitness of his controversial ANTICHRIST, but brings in just the same dark undercurrents of human beings who's lost their touch with love, compassion, faith and hope, and so we find them in the land of Trier where things will become increasingly intense and frightful. The story is told in two parts; in the first we find the deeply depressed Kirsten Dunst on her wedding day, which shot and felt much like Vinterberg's Dogme-film 'Festen', and part two interests Dunst's sister Charlotte Gainsbourg more into the story along with her husband and son, as staying at a beautiful mansion in the countryside sees the enormous planet Melancholia headed for Earth, fearing for all of humanity to end. One can certainly see this film with two different kind of goggles; Melancholia IS a planet that's headed for Earth, and it's doomsday - or, one can see the heavy symbolism of Melancholia as a state of mind, swallowing the family with its meaninglessness. Director Von Trier keeps most questions open, and by using some absolutely mesmerizing camera-work the film beholds a interesting quality and sensibility. Few if any other popular directors anno 2011 creates stuff the way Von Trier does, and the immense climax accompanied by Wagner music is sole alone worth the watch. I guess Von Trier makes personal films, and he claims himself to be the best living director in the world, and he wants a green card into everyone's lives and with MELANCHOLIA he again sows some disturbing and heavy-handed seeds - and if anything, he makes your mind wobble. Must see.


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